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Julia Stiles is joining the cast of The First, a film about Mary Pickford that director Jennifer DeLia and producer Julie Pacino of Poverty Row Entertainment will be promoting at the Berlin International Film Festival. Stiles will play screenwriter Frances Marion, who often collaborated with Pickford, who will be played by Lily Rabe. The cast of the film, which is expected to begin production this year, also includes Michael Pitt as actor Owen Moore and Ryan Simpkins as a young Pickford. DeLia will direct a script by Josh Fagin, based on Eileen Whitfield’s biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood. Pacino

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